Friday, the 16th of May, 1651.
ORDERED, by the Parliament, That the Cheshire
Petition be printed.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Obstructions, to consider of the Motion made this Day in
the House, for further Time to bring in Debentures,
and touching Interest thereupon; and to state the whole
Business; and report it to the House, for their further
Interest of Money.
A Bill, That none shall take above the Rate of Six
Pounds for Loan of One hundred Pounds for a Year, was
this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the
Question, committed to Sir Henry Mildmay, Colonel
Marten, Sir Arthure Hesilrig, Mr. Moyle, Mr. Bond,
Mr. Holland, Mr. Richard Darley, Mr. Blagrave, Sir
James Harrington, Mr. Henry Darley, Mr. Corbett, Mr.
Lechmere, Sir John Hippisley, Sir Wm. Allenson, Colonel
Lister, Colonel Popham, Mr. * Challenor, Mr. Millington, Sir Richard Lucy, Mr. Leman, Sir Henry Vane; or
any Five of them: And all that come, to have Voices:
And are to meet, in the Exchequer Chamber, this Afternoon; and so de die in diem; and to bring it in with all
Mr. Lechmere to take care of it.
Ordered, That the Time that the Interest be reduced
to Six Pounds per Cent. be, from the Nine-and-twentieth
of September 1651.
Ordered, That the Act for Creditors be brought in the
same Day that the Act for reducing Interest to Six Pounds
per Cent. is brought in.
Ordered, That it be referred to the said Committee, to
whom the Bill touching Interest is referred, to present a
Bill to make intailed Lands, as well Freehold as Copyhold, liable to pay Debts; and to enforce such as are
able, to pay their just Debts
Mr. Lechmere and Mr. Corbett are to take Care of it.
Army Pay, &c.
Sir Henry Mildmay reports from the Council of State,
Their Opinion, that it is necessary to take into Consideration the continuance of Billet Money, and additional
Pay to the Army in England and Ireland.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That the Billet Money,
and additional Pay, to the Soldiers in the Armies in England and Scotland, shall continue for Two Months longer;
to begin from the Time it is to determine by the former
Ordered, That the Pay of the Led Horses do continue
for the same time.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Council of State,
to consider how this Charge may be retrenched; and report the same to the Parliament.
Ordered, That Colonel Bennett and Colonel Haines
their Regiments be continued for Two Months longer
upon the Establishment, from the Determination of the
Provost Marshal, &c.
Ordered, That the Marshal's Men be continued for
Two Months longer; together with the additional Pay
to the Marshal.
Ordered, That the Provost Marshal Bishop, with Six
Men, be continued for Six Months longer: and the former Pay continued to them: And that Mr. Speaker do
appoint a fit Person to perform the Duty of the said Marshal, in his Absence; and give him allowance out of the
Marshal's Pay, as he shall think fit; and likewise to appoint the Six Men that are to attend that Service: And
that the Committee of the Revenue do pay them, as
Resolved, That the House do now receive the Papers,
in order to the Election of the Officers in the Bill for Sale
of Delinquents Estates.
Mr. Speaker appointed Alderman Allen, Mr. Carey,
Major Lister, Mr. Herbert, to tell the Number of the
Which is by them reported to Mr. Speaker, and by him
published to the House, to be the Number of Seventy-five.
Mr. Heveningham, Mr. Robert Goodwyn, and Mr. Andrewes, came in since; so that the Total Number was
The Clerk having received a Paper from each Member, brought them up; and set them upon the Table.
Mr. Speaker appointed Alderman Allen, Mr. Carey,
Major Lister, Mr. Herbert, to count the Papers.
Which being done; they report the Number of the
Papers to be Seventy-eight.
Resolved, That Mr. Speaker do seal up the said Papers
in the Glass.
Mr. Speaker sealed them up accordingly.
Ordered. That the Petition of Dorcas Maleverer be
read on Tuesday Morning next.
Transactions with Portugall.
Mr. Scott reports from the Council of State, the Paper sent by the Council of State to the publick Minister of
Portugall, dated the Thirteenth of May 1651; together
with the Paper sent by the said Publick Minister to the
said Council, in Answer thereunto, dated the Five-andtwentieth of May, Stilo novo, 1651.
Both which were this Day read.
Resolved, That the Parliament of the Commonwealth
of England doth declare, That they are not obliged, by
any Demands, Propositions, or Resolutions, on their Part,
in the Transaction between the Parliament and the Publick Minister of Portugall.
Resolved, That a Pass be granted to the Publick Minister of Portugall, to depart out of the Territories of this
Commonwealth, within Fourteen Days after the same shall
be delivered unto him: And that the Council of State do
prepare the same; to be signed and sealed by Mr. Speaker.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the
Navy, to consider of the Act touching Making of the
Ships and Goods of the Portugall to be Prize; and what
Defects are therein; and prepare an Act for supplying
Ordered, That the Council of State do consider, upon
Occasion of the Departure of the Publick Minister of Portugall, how those Merchants, and others of our Nation,
now under restraint in Portugall, may be set at Liberty;
and to take the best and speediest Way and Means they
can, in order thereunto.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned
itself to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.